An unemployed man has been jailed after plumbers who were called to fix his central heating found a semi-automatic Russian military pistol and silencer hidden on his broken boiler.
David Cooper, 51, called out the workmen in Luton after his boiler failed, leaving him with no hot water or heating - and they found the Baikal handgun, known a Makarov pistol, in a bag.
The pair told Cooper that they had to pop out to get a part for the boiler - and promptly phoned 999, before his home was raided by armed officers from Bedfordshire Police the next day.
Police discovered the pistol - the standard military and police firearm used in Russia during the Cold War - and silencer on top of the boiler, and found his fingerprints on both of them.
Cooper pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm without a licence following the discovery by the workmen on March 7 - and he was jailed for five years at Luton Crown Court on April 12.
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